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Thank you for reading these important updates. We appreciate your support as we educate, advocate and participate on behalf of wolves.
 
In This Issue
Yellowstone Wolves Need Your Voice
Project: Yellowstone Update
The 51st Interior Secretary
About Us
Yellowstone National Park wolves need your voice! 
 Deadline: January 25th - 5 PM 
Photo by Brad Orsted of Horsefeathers Photography

 

This is 11th hour for Yellowstone wolves! Montana Judge Brenda Gilbert issued an injunction on January 18th allowing wolf trapping and hunting to continue outside Yellowstone National Park. Her decision comes after Montana's Fish, Wildlife, Parks Commission attempted to close 60 square miles - 2 small subunits - to hunting and trapping out of concerns too many Yellowstone wolves were being killed. Gilbert agreed with sporting groups that sued the state. The groups said not enough public notice was given prior to the December approval of the closure by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.


Presently, Montana FWP re-opened the comment period and is seeking additional comments regarding its decision to close wolf hunting and trapping in  north of Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner. 

Now, your comment is needed to protect Yellowstone wolves no matter where you reside.  Please visit our website and send a quick comment  to support Montana Fish, Wildlife, Parks decision to close two small subunits at the north entrance to Yellowstone before 5PM on Jan. 25th.

Recently, Dr. Dan Stahler, a wildlife biologist with the Yellowstone Wolf Project and members of the National Park Service were interviewed by Mike Koshmrl of  the Jackson Hole News & Guide about the impact of the hunts on Yellowstone's wolf population. In this comprehensive report , Dr. Stahler stated, "In Yellowstone, where a legal debate swirls over trapping in Montana north of the park, there are now an estimated 20 to 28 percent fewer wolves than the 98 counted at this time last year." 

The Montana FWP Commission will convene on Jan. 29th to reconsider its decision after further comment has been received. Once again, Wolfwatcher representatives will be attending the public meeting to make statements in support of the closures.

If you are a Montana resident, we urge you to attend, as well. The  meeting is a conference call set to begin at 10:30 a.m. and audio-streamed live on FWP's website and video-streamed live in each FWP regional office, where public comment can be offered. For the region closest to you, visit FWP State Headquarters and Regions


Project Yellowstone Campaign Update 
Photo of 832F and 754M courtesy of Doug McLaughlin

 

The latest wolf count in the Northern Rockies shows 15 wolves that ventured into Yellowstone over the past year were legally killed in Idaho, Montana or Wyoming hunts.

 

Most recently, two wolves from the Lamar Canyon Pack - its infamous alpha female 832F, also known as "06" and its beta male, 754M have been killed in Wyoming.

 

Wolfwatcher considers its educational mission to be among its most important priorities. Since Yellowstone wolf 832F's ("O6") passing, we received an overwhelming number of emails and messages recounting the experiences of our supporters in the park as they observed her travails as the alpha of the Lamar Canyon Pack.  

 

We have concluded that "06" was, perhaps,

one of the best educators for her species!
 

Since her loss, we remain committed to continuing 832F's educational legacy. Thus, we began a fund raising campaign that includes the sale of this commemorative hoodie which features an image of "06" designed by esteemed graphic artist, Wolfwatcher's Media Director, Chris Cross. 100 percent of the proceeds will support three educational initiatives:    

 

1 -  The Yellowstone Park Foundation - While the federal government provides funding for the basic monitoring of wolves in Yellowstone, it does not fund the Yellowstone Wolf Project's equipment needs, long-term research on the wolf's impacts on the ecosystem, sufficient aerial monitoring, or the staff necessary to run the project effectively on a day-to-day basis. The funds we help to raise for this nonprofit Foundation will help make up for the wolf project's funding shortfalls.

 

2 - The Yellowstone Association - a nonprofit organization that is the National Park Service's primary partner in providing educational programs, exhibits, and publications for park visitors and has furnished over $27 million in support for Yellowstone since its inception in 1933.  

 

3 -  Wolfwatcher's "Project: Yellowstone" - an annual initiative which invites supporters from around the nation to join us in Yellowstone for one week to observe wolves in the wild and learn more about them via programs taught by the experts.

 

So far, our Project: Yellowstone Campaign has been a resounding success; several hundred hoodies have been purchased, and more orders arrive every day.  We  will be awarding the Yellowstone Park Foundation and Yellowstone Association their first checks in early February.  We hope to share the details of this special event soon. 

  

   

 


In the meantime, we appreciate receiving  your photos and stories about '06 and wolf watching in Yellowstone and other places. This photo, in particular, caught our eye...


This is Turner Burns, a member of Wolfwatcher's Junior Advisory. He proudly shares his love of wolves with everyone he meets. He symbolizes for us the impact of 'O6's story; it surely will reach well beyond her years and it will be the impetus for change among the group that promises us the most hope -- our youth!
  

  

  

  



Visit the Wolfwatcher Store for details...


Science-based research and education are critical to the mission of wolf recovery. By wearing this hoodie, you can help continue 06's legacy by directly supporting programs that encourage an understanding of and peaceful coexistence with wolves on the landscape.


Nominations for Interior Secretary
Rep. Raul Grijalva
 
The 51st  
Secretary of the Interior

The selection of the next Interior Secretary is an important moment to place a renewed emphasis on some of the most critical issues of our age, including climate change, the protection of endangered species and preservation of water and wild lands. We strongly believe Congressman Raul Grijalva exemplifies the modern and forward thinking vision need by the Department of the Interior. Now is the time to establish a firm, science-based action plan to manage lands, waters and wildlife under new intensifying stresses. Such action requires a knowledgeable, visionary leader who grasps both the urgency of this crisis and the practical paths toward real-world solutions. We think Congressman Grijalva is such a leader.

 

Now that the inaugural festivities are over, President Obama will be nominating the next Secretary of Interior to replace Sec. Salazar soon. This nomination comes at a critical time for wolves and their habitat.

 

A coalition of more than 200 environmental and progressive groups - including Wolfwatcher - sent President Obama a letter urging him to nominate Rep. Raul Grijalva as the next Interior Secretary - a man whose qualifications far exceed the front runners for the job!

 

As the chair of the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, we perceive Rep. Grijalva as the candidate who can shift the department's priorities back to protecting wild lands and wildlife. And, from an environmental perspective, he's got the credentials to start pushing the Interior Department in a better direction.

 

We urge you to join us in sending a comment to the  

White House via an email and/or a phone call 

in support of Rep. Grijalva's nomination.   

 


Educate, Advocate, Participate
 

National Wolfwatcher Coalition is a 501(c)(3)  

nonprofit, all volunteer organization  

on behalf of  

wolf education, conservation and advocacy.

  

  

 

We advocate for the long term recovery of wolves by informing the public about the challenges to their conservation, supporting measures that promote the acceptance of wolves on the landscape, and educating the public about ways it can participate as an effective voice for scientific decision making in their behalf.  All donations, no matter the amount, will help us to educate, advocate and participate via:

  • educational programs, materials and events
  • participation in conferences, seminars, and consultation with other professionals in the field of wolf biology, research, conservation and environmental law.
  • Wolfwatcher Legal Fund to address costs related to our potential engagement in litigation that challenges local, state and/or federal policies that affect wolf conservation.

To donate online, please click on the Donate button at the top. To donate by check or money order,  please send your donation to our business office at: National Wolfwatcher Coalition, PO Box 84, East Greenwich, RI 02818 

   

We appreciate your kind support.